I really enjoyed Nigella Lawson’s recent comments about how some people use diets to justify their eating disorders – go here to read my post about it. Nigella is from the old-school when it comes to eating, dieting and enjoyment of food, which is to say… sure, eat your salads, enjoy your quinoa, but don’t miss out on the pleasures of a nice piece of chocolate or a good glass of wine too. Nigella’s whole world is food and the enjoyment of food – if you ever watch her cooking show, her relationship to food is almost pornographic. So, obviously, she brings food to bed with her all the time. Nigella eats in bed with such regularity that she keeps a fully stocked condiment bar by her bedside, pretty much. Including soy sauce, salt, Tabasco, and chili sauce.
Who says it’s faux pas to eat in bed? Not Nigella Lawson! During an “Ideas at the House” conversation with Annabel Crabb at the Sydney Opera House, , the 56-year-old celebrity chef proudly copped to eating in bed—a lot. She snacks in the sheets so often, in fact, that her nightstand is stocked with culinary necessities.
“I do keep, by the side of my bed, because my bedroom is not on the same floor as the kitchen, so by the side of my bed, I have learnt to keep a little collection of condiments,” she said, immediately getting a laugh from the audience. “It’s not meant to be funny,” she snapped back quickly, sounding a little defensive. “It’s very helpful.”
Hmm… Well, in any case, the cookbook author and TV host keeps English mustard in her bedside table (obviously) and always has salt close by. Annabel, the interviewer, noted that spilled salt would be “a bit crunchy” in the bed. “Yeah, I know,” Nigella quipped. “[But] that can be lived with. Unsalted food is worse.”
Nigella also keeps a chili sauce, soy sauce, another hot sauce and Tabasco in her nightstand, “although I don’t always know whether Tabasco’s the right sauce,” she lamented.
But, while Nigella is proud of the practicality of her bedside staples, she realizes her eating habits can be a bit backwards. “The ridiculous thing is that one of my great luxuries is that I like very expensive and gorgeous bed linen,” she said, “and then I ruin it by dumping soy sauce all over it.”
I don’t go that far, but I’m not above eating in bed either. If I’m up late, watching TV or reading, I might go for some chocolate or something salty, like peanuts. But it sounds like Nigella has a little mini-kitchen running out of her bedroom. And soy sauce in bed? Tabasco in bed? Girl, what are you eating in bed?
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